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Occupational Hazard

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Well the evenings are starting to draw in and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. And we're back to 'normal'. Although around 50% of us are not going back to work in an office full-time any time soon. That means that we'll be working from the spare bedroom or the kitchen table and might as well get used to it.

The jury is still out as to whether you're more productive at home than in the office - it basically seems to boil down to whether the work is interesting or not, what your home life is like - and whether you have the choice of when and how to put some proper clothes on and head into the office for a blast of adult company and company culture (if it's good that is!).

 

Here are a couple of things to read -

During this past year of lock-down, it was all hands to the pump - and most people weren't too bothered about contractual stuff. But as this hybrid working becomes the new normal, we need to think long-term. Your employer has a duty to give you the environment and equipment you need to do the job. And on the HSE website, there is clear guidance on chairs and desks and some very general advice to avoid eye strain by getting up and walking around every hour. But nothing at all about the lights. If you're reading this, you probably know already that lighting can make the world of difference to how much work you get done - let alone how you look on zoom!

 

Here are a couple of papers that show just what a difference the right light during the day can make. 

And this review explains how the lighting in 50% of our homes stops us getting a good nights' sleep.